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The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Imohimi Edgal, on Tuesday warned kidnappers and other criminals to leave the state or face the power of the force.

Edgal gave the warning at the official commissioning of a police division at Ikosi – Ejirin village in Ikorodu, Lagos State.

He said that the police was bringing the station to tighten the security around Ikosi- Ketu and its environs and to also tackle the security problem headlong.

“We were able to upgrade the police post to a full police station because of the community police partnership with the residents of Ikosi Ketu.

“I know that the residents would not partner with the police if we are not upright in our doings. Crime is reducing in the state because of community/police partnership.

“As the police station has been upgraded, we are going to bring logistics and more policemen will be deployed for effective policing of the whole area,” he said.

Edgal urged residents to continue to partner the police, since policemen cannot know the terrain more than the real owners of the community.

A traditional ruler in the area, Oba Asunmo Aderibigbe of Ayandolu, lauded the police for keeping to its promise of upgrading the police post to a police division.

A member of Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Epe Constituency II, Mr Segun Olulade, said with the upgrading of the police post, crime rate in the axis would reduce drastically.

“We have been clamouring for this opportunity for a long time. It is also a fulfilment to us, and it would provide security for the people of our area.

“With the provision of ammunition and other logistics, coupled with our cooperation, the police should be able to tackle security challenges confronting the area,” he said.

Meanwhile, it was gathered also that two travellers were allegedly abducted by some suspected kidnappers who came out of the creeks on Monday around 10.am. in the area.

“The travellers were coming from Epe and going to Lagos to buy goods when the kidnappers, who had laid ambush, came out from under the bridge where they were hiding and whisked the passengers away.

“We have been battling with kidnapping in our community, but I believe with the police station in our community, the activities of kidnappers would abate,” a resident simply identified as Rukayat told newsmen.

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James Hope College Records Remarkable 100% Scores ( A* – C GRADE) In IGCSE Results

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True to its stance on academic excellence, James Hope College excelled in the just concluded Cambridge IGCSE examinations, recording 100% (based on A* – C grade) in14 registered subjects including English language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, ICT and Additional Mathematics.

James Hope College, is one of the educational initiatives under the Jim Ovia Foundation, which offers its students world-class education at a subsidized rate. James Hope College is also supported by an endowment fund and currently has 40% of its students on full scholarship. It is located in the serene environment of Agbor, Delta State.

For more information, visit www.jameshopecollege.edu.ng

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ASUU Gives Conditions To Suspend Strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Thursday gave conditions upon which the prolonged industrial action will be suspended.

“The Academic Staff Union of Universities @ASUUNGR have asked @AsoRock to release N50 billion to demonstrate its commitment to the revitalisation of public universities, in line with previous agreements with the union,” ASUU tweeted.

The union said the N50 billion will form the first share of the N220 billion federal government agreed for the project this year and add to the N20 billion earlier released for the year.

It also disclosed that the union has “submitted its suggestions and awaits a meeting with the government next week.”

The lecturers are demanding improved funding of universities and implementation of previous agreements with the government, which led to the strike that started November 4, 2018.

Although the minister of labour, Chris Ngige, last Thursday said the government has approved N20 billion to be used to offset the outstanding arrears, ASUU said they are still awaiting its payment.

“Government promised to release the shortfall in salaries by January 18th, that’s a day away. Let’s wait and confirm that they’ve released it.”

“The union has submitted its suggestions and awaits a meeting with the government next week,” he added.

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Atiku’s US Trip: So Much Ado About Nothing —– Tunde Ajose

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For good watchers of the Nigerian politics, one thing has come to stay in our political experiment at getting it right in this country and that is the ability for smart politicians to easily sway the electorates with mundane issues.

The campaigns are no longer issue based but media sensationalism.

Latest of such was the sudden appearance of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the United States of America! Then one begins to wonder why the opposition would think such is the needed magic wand to win the election.

And the euphoria may not be unconnected with the report that Atiku was barred from entering the States because of his fraudulent nature but the question is, why would any serious opposition believes such action would immediately translate into winning the Aso Rock.

One would have wondered why Atiku has chosen to travel with the current senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki? Could it be that he actually traveled under the diplomatic immunity of Saraki’s official delegation?

Diplomatic immunity is a form of legal immunity that ensures diplomats are given safe passage and are considered not susceptible to lawsuit or prosecution under the host country’s laws, but they can still be expelled.

We need to be circumspect as we move forward as a nation and be more discerning. The current government of Nigeria is focused more than before in ensuring that Nigerians, regardless of the class or status has a befitting country they could fall back to and call a home.

It is quite obvious that while the opposition are playing to the gallery, the presidential campaign organisation of president Mohammad Buhari is busy rolling up its sleeves and getting down to fields where the real electorates are and connecting with them.

This past week especially has been full of activities for the president despite his age. Within a spate of two weeks, Buhari had sat down to two interviews in-between journeying from the length and breadth of the country in getting the message of hope down to the people.

The president does not rely on his privilege as an incumbent, but insisted on talking to his people and ensuring that Nigerians are united as they go to polls come February.

No one is in doubt that his message also resonates well with the citizens as they troop out en masse to welcome and listen to what he has to say. With the multitude of crowd recorded today as he presented the gubernatorial flagbearer of the party to the good people of Delta State and the ovation that greeted it, there is no doubt that Buhari is truly loved.

As we count down to the elections, Nigerians need to bear it in mind that the 2019 election is about building on a new foundation which the present government has been able to achieve in the first four years and giving the solid foundation out to the marauders to destroy along with the better forgotten 16years in power.

If Atiku is in the United States today, there is no way the intelligence agencies of the federal government of Nigeria would not know about it.

Tunde Ajose, a political commentator, writes from Lagos.

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